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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts


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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Final Jury 2019 | Master Thesis Presentations

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It is that time of the year again! Before we start our big anniversary celebration, this year’s course comes to an end with the presentation of our students’ final theses.…

10 years – 10 highlights

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Our Master is turning 10 and out of all the amazing moments, memorable events and milestones, we picked a few highlights for you. Our Partners Since starting our Master, the Universitat…

We are celebrating!

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We recently announced the official celebration of our 10 year anniversary, taking place on 29 May in UIC Barcelona’s Aula Jardí (Barcelona Campus, Immaculada 22) and are very pleased to…

Book Presentation – The Well-Tempered City

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Last April, our co-director Carmen Mendoza took part in a round table discussion following the presentation of the book The Well-Tempered City by leading US real estate developer and urban planner…

This master was the best combination of practical training and theoretical teaching to help me take the leap from traditional architectural practice into the field of socially responsible design.

Chris Kulp, Alumni, USA

The master has improved consistently in recent years and recruits students that are committed and highly capable. A top program.

Sergio Palleroni, Professor, Portland State University

This master's program is a shift of life. It's definitely one of the greatest in the world.

Nasr Chamma, Alumni, Lebanon

An exceptional and unique exemplar of good teaching, organization and content.

Nabeel Hamdi, Professor, Oxford Brookes University